Wrinkle Free Clothes – Is Formaldehyde Worth the Risks? (Health)
Wrinkle Free Clothes – Is Formaldehyde Worth the Risks?
There are all sorts of sneaky toxin sources that hinder our ability to live healthily and happily.
All too many industrially manufactured products seem to trade safety for convenience or short-term enjoyment.
You’re probably already familiar with many of the “toxins of convenience” that should be steer clear of: GMO foods (which allow for better short-term crop yields), preservatives (which increase shelf life, and thus the manufacturer’s bottom line), cleaning supplies, flame retardants in beds…and the list goes on.
But here’s one that may not have shown up on your radar yet: wrinkle-free clothing.
Ever wonder how wrinkle-free shirts stay so neat and fresh?
I wish I could tell you that it’s because of some revolutionary manufacturing method that alters the fabric’s properties without the use of noxious chemicals.
Here’s the unfortunate truth, though: wrinkle-free clothing is treated with perfluorinated chemicals (or PFCs, which contain Teflon), sulphuric acid, and even a resin that releases formaldehyde (which is also used as an embalming fluid).
These chemicals strengthen the integrity of the fabric, thus allowing it to more readily resist wrinkling. In return, our clothing is left with chemical residues, which can cause headaches, respiratory issues, eye irritation, rashes, itchy skin, blisters, and a skin condition known as contact dermatitis.
And by the way, the National Cancer Institute classifies formaldehyde as a confirmed human carcinogen (1). That’s right: you can add your wrinkle-free clothing to the long list of potential cancer-causing agents.
It’s certainly nice not to have to iron our clothing all the time…but are these risks really worth the convenience?
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